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What are the options for tertiary education? Print E-mail
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Friday, 08 February 2019 00:00

Each year, it can be assumed that the number of students graduating from secondary institutions, with no idea of where to go or what to do, is increasing. Helping those students to prepare for life after high school, and even tertiary level institutions, is one of the most important jobs that is left up to their parents, school administration, and Government. That important job can often times be hard but with the right approach, it is possible.

It is with that intention that the Ministry of Education and local and international stakeholders have come up with TOO Expo. The Tertiary Options and Opportunities Education Expo is in its second year and this year’s edition was held at the Civic Center in Belize City on Wednesday, February 6, 2019. The expo ran from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. to give the working populace an opportunity to gather information as well. There was a culmination of several hundred secondary and tertiary students from Corozal all the way down to Toledo. They represented their junior colleges and high schools in groups which visited a drove of booths including local and international universities.

Local universities at the expo included SHJC, UB, UWI, SJCJC, Galen, and CEMJC while international ones included USF, Valdosta, EARTH, UNF, Bridgewater, Chevening, UF, UWC, Murray, Madison, Arkansas, and PJPIIJC. The embassies of Mexico and Taiwan were also there along the Social Security Board of Belize, Belize Bank, and DFC, where they could learn about student loans. Ministries there included Education, Health, and Public Service. DigiNet and OCEANA were also present.

Ersella Griffith, Local Manager for Government Schools in the Belize and Cayo Districts, says that the purpose of the expo is to allow students to get firsthand information. These local secondary and tertiary students have the opportunity to visit each booth and to make a sound decision for themselves and do not have to wander around or be apprehensive about being ill-informed.

Besides the regular booths, there was also a Seminar Room where students who have already received scholarship opportunities to local and or international schools gave their experience. There were also students who are currently studying abroad giving real-time and firsthand accounts of their involvement via Skype. At the end of their tour, which was ushered by students from UB, SJCJC, and WJC, the attendees were able to give comments and or suggestions at a feedback booth.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 February 2019 14:29